Kay Sewell’s father, who was a retired asphalter, had a diagnosis of dementia and was supported by hospice nurse Lisa Morris at the end of his life, aged 83. Now, Kay is keen to support her local hospice whenever she can, and is encouraging people to take part in a Twilight Walk in Blackheath on 29 September 2018 to make sure hospice services can be there for them whenever they might need it too.
Kay, 60, from Eltham, says “Dad died on 1st January 2016, in bed, in his bedroom, at home. Lisa, our hospice nurse, made that possible for him.
“When we met Lisa, we’d already gone through a hell of a journey. She came in to see us when Dad was about to leave hospital – again. She promised to come and see us at home, said not to worry, that she could give us the help we needed.
“And do you know, a weight was lifted that day. We’d been caring for Dad for so long and it had become more and more of a struggle. Not that we minded, but we just didn’t know what was best for him. Lisa kept her promise and came round to see us. She sorted Dad’s medicines out, which made him a lot calmer. And Lisa gave us her number and said we could call her any time, any hour of the day. That was a massive relief in itself, just knowing that we had someone to call.
Lisa was our rock; made sure Dad was okay and always made time to help us. She nursed all of us, not just Dad. We’d have been so lost without her.
“Lisa was over to see us almost every day,” continues Kay. “She was our rock; made sure Dad was okay and always made time to help us understand what was going on. She nursed all of us, not just Dad if that makes sense? We’d have been so lost without her. Families like ours need her – but it’s not until you get there that you realise how much.”
Hospices are there to look after ordinary families, like Kay’s family, at the most difficult of times, but they rely on their communities to help them raise the money that they need to keep running.
Kay adds, “If you’d like to give back to your local hospices, then please join the Twilight Walk and help raise vital funds for both Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and St Christopher’s Hospice. Their care and support makes just a world of difference when someone you love is at the end of their life.”
Together, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice and St Christopher’s Hospice provide care and support for over 9,000 people right across South London, from Croydon to Bexley.
The unique five mile circular Twilight Walk route sets off from Blackheath Common from 6pm and takes in the area’s most iconic landmarks as the sun sets, including the Cutty Sark and the Royal Naval College.
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